Friday, August 28, 2015

Wanted for "Aladdin"

Fifth graders are collecting materials and props for their play. If you have any of the following items to donate or lend, please contact Peggy or drop them off (marked) in her office:
  • pieces of shiny gift wrap paper (weʻre going to make confetti out of it)
  • strips or bolts of Mylar
  • Chinese headdresses, robes or costume pieces (13th century)
  • Aladdenʻs lamp
  • Thin Persian rugs (small)

National Teddy Bear Day - Sept. 9th

September 9th (the Wednesday after Labor Day holiday) is National Teddy Bear Day. Ms Flagg invites elementary students to bring their teddy bears to the LRC for the entire week. Students who would like to display their bears on a shelf for all to see are encouraged to do so.

Pre-Season Air Riflery Tournament Canceled

Unpredictable, inclement weather has  caused the KIF to cancel the pre-season tournament scheduled for Saturday, August 29. 
The next air riflery match will be on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Island School, vs. Waimea, at 3:00 p.m. If the weather doesnʻt cooperate, this may be changed. Contact Coach Sean Magoun if you have any questions.

Middle School Class T-Shirt Contest

Itʻs time to get creative!

Members of the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 are invited to submit a design for their class t-shirt at their class meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Designs should be done in black ink on, 81/2 x 11" white paper. Designs for both front and back should be submitted.

Designs will be collected on Sept. 8, in class meetings. Winning designs will be decided by votes from class members.

Volunteers Needed for Fall Round-Up

Put your boots on and join us for a fall get-together at the school. All families are welcome - bring the kids!

This event is designed to be a fun social opportunity to get to know other families. There will be music, delicious food for sale, and many fun, free activities, including: hay rides, arts nʻ crafts, photo booth, games, prizes, dancing, a petting zoo, and much more.

Volunteers needed to set up Fall Round Up. Please lend a helping hand to decorate the central courtyard at Island School for our family fun night, Fall Roundup. Hosted by the Parent Association. Contact:

Yeehaw, it's gonna be a foot-tappin' good time! All proceeds benefit various classroom enrichment programs.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Aladdin" Cast Announced

5th graders crowded around the signs posted on their classroom door to see what parts they got in their play, "Aladdin." Rehearsals begin Monday. Mark your calendars for the weekend of November 5th. You wonʻt want to miss these talented 5th graders!

Middle & High Retreat Dates Changed

Unstable weather forecasts for the upcoming weeks have caused us to take a more cautious approach to our middle and high school retreats. With Ignacio and two other tropical depressions forming in the eastern Pacific, weʻve decided to move out of their way and reschedule these events to later in October.

The calendar has been changed as follows:
  • Middle School Retreat: Thursday - Friday, October 22 & 23 (not an overnight)
  • High School Retreats: Thursday - Friday, October 22 & 23 (overnight)

This conflicts with Art Day, unfortunately. But the decision was also made to cause the least disruption to the academic and athletic schedules. So bear with us as we navigate life in paradise.

September 3 & 4 will be regular academic school days. Mahalo for being flexible and understanding.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Parking Kokua

The faculty and staff have been parking in other places on campus to free up spots in the main parking lot for parents. If you have to leave your vehicle, please use one of these parking spots and avoid using the loading zone. The area directly fronting the school is for drop-off and pick-up only.

Mahalo for your attention to this.

ʻBook Talkʻ in HS American Lit Class

Island Schoolʻs former (and very much missed) English teacher, Sierra Hampton-Eng, is the Young Adult Librarian at Lihu‘e Library. She visited Mr. Reynoldsʻ American Literature class last week and gave two book talks: The Islands of the World, by Austin Aslan, and The Absolutely True Diary of an American Indian, by Sherman Alexie.

She also invited students to apply to join the Teen Advisory Board of the library. Read about this opportunity here:

6th Grade Girls Jump for Joy!

Ms. Emilyʻs 6th grade class started off the year with fitness testing - including a mile run! Next up is volleyball.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Flu Consent Forms Due Sept. 4

Reminder for K-8 parents: please complete the consent form your child brought home last week and turn it in to your childʻs homeroom teacher by Sept. 4. These free vaccinations are being offered by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health to all children in grades K-8.

Please contact the Office if you need another form, or download one at

Volunteer Needed for Picture Day

Seeking (1) parent volunteer to assist during School Picture Day (Thursday, September 17, 2015). Time: 7:45am - 2pm.

Job description: assist photographers at School Picture Day, including accepting order forms, lining up students for photos, etc.

Compensation: lunch and a photo package for their child. (Free package limited to 1 child only.)

To sign up or for questions, please email or call Alice at 808-246-0233. Mahalo!

Classified Ads/Community News: week of August 24th

School Night for Scouting

The Aloha Council of Boy Scouts of America will make a presentation here at Island School on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Frear Center. The public is invited to learn about the Cub Scout program for boys ages 6 to 11 (grades 1 to 5), and boys and girls in grades six through 12. For more about their programs, visit their website:

 Free Film at KCC

Free Concert

Sunday, September 13 at 5 PM
Kaua‘i Island Singers Showcase presents songs of NIGHT & DAY
10 talented singers, 19 dazzling songs
Hank Curtis on piano, Laine Griffith on sax, flute & clarinet and Cary Valentine on percussion.
At All Saints Church, 1065 Kuhio Highway in Kapa‘a
Sewing Classes
Aunty Eileen's Sewing Adventures - Schedule: Fall, 2015
For Beginner & Intermediate Students (Ages 10 - Adults)
     8 Classes @ 3 hours per class Limit - 8 students per class
     Tuition: $196.00

SESSION 1 - TUES. 6-9 pm
Sept. 15, 22, 29 Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov. 3

SESSION 2 - WED. 2-5 pm
Sept. 16, 23, 30 Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 Nov. 4

SESSION 3 - THURS. 9 am – Noon
Sept. 17, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov. 5, 12

SESSION 4 - THURS. 6-9 pm
(Same dates for Sessions 3 & 4)

SESSION 5 - SAT. 9 am - Noon
Sept. 19, 26 Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Nov. 7

SESSION 6 - SAT. 1-4 pm
(Same dates for Sessions 5 & 6)

Classes are held at 2840 Hoolako Street in Lihue (Lihue Town Estates sub-division - across from ACE Hardware)

ORIENTATION for Beginner and Intermediate Students @ Discount Fabric Warehouse (Singer)
with Instructor, Aunty Eileen on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015
      * 1:30 pm for Beginners * 2:00 pm for Intermediates

Classes are on a “First-come-first-served” basis. Tuition must be paid for confirmation of enrollment.
Checks payable to: Eileen Miyasato
Mailing address: 2840 Hoolako Street Lihue, HI 96766
Email: Phone (808) 245-2107
Please email or call for availability

Free Family Event



HCT Fund Raiser


Driver's Ed Classes Beginning August 31st

Head On Driving School begins their fall driver's ed classes on August 31, at 4:30 p.m. in the Ohia Room at Island School. Students must be at least 15 years of age, but do not need to have their permits to attend. Contact Aaron to register or for more information: 808-652-7425.

Junior Golf - Fall Schedule

With the 2015 tournament season nearing an end, there are still five tournaments open for registration. Don't miss a deadline, register now!

Aug 29-30:  Match Play Championships, Ka'anapali Golf Course, Kai; Deadline to register August 19. The field will be selected off the 2015 HSJGA points as of August 2. We will start processing entries after the deadline on August 20.

Sep 5-6:  Hualalai Junior Classic, Hualalai Golf Club; Deadline to register August 26

Sep 26-27:  Oahu Junior Classic, Turtle Bay, Fazio; Deadline to register September 16

Oct 3-4:  Kiahuna Junior Classic, Kiahuna Golf Course; Deadline to register September 23

Digital Photo Challenge and Community Dialogue 

For youth in grades 6-12. Photo entrees must answer one of the following questions:
“What would you like to see MORE of on Kaua`i?”
“What would you like to see LESS of on Kaua`i?”

The photos will be used as a basis for Talk Story Sessions around issues that our young people see as important. Their perspectives will be factored into Keiki to Career Kaua`i strategies to improve community support and education opportunities for all youth.

· Top 50 photos will be selected for a photo exhibit at Kaua'i Community College in October.
· Prizes will be awarded to the top three photos in two divisions: Grade 6 - 8 and Grades 9-12.
· Entries may be submitted from August 10 through September 8.
· Three free digital workshops for youth will held in August.

Please see the attached Photo Challenge and Workshop flyers for more detail and visit

This event is brought to you by Keiki to Career Kaua‘i and Kaua‘i Planning & Action Alliance 

Dinner Theatre

Free Summer Movie Series: “The Bee Movie”

Friday, August 28. Join us by 7:00 and save your spot! The film will begin at sunset.
Anaina Hou Community Park (A New Gathering Place) - On the grassy lawn of Kaua‘i Mini Golf, Kilauea
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets
Refreshments & dinner by Namahana Café available for purchase
Free & open to the public

 Free Lecture Series at KCC

KCC and the National Tropical Botanical Garden have, for several years, teamed up to present free public lectures on the KCC campus in the cafeteria, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Fall, 2015 schedule is as follows:
  • Tuesday, September 8th, Seeds of Time, an award-winning film that akes viewers on a round-the-world journey with agricultural pioneer Carey Fowler as he works frantically to help others collect and preserve the world’s seed diversity. In the face of climate change and other environmental threats.
  • Tuesday, October 13th, Growing Lata's Garden: What Pacific Canoe Plants Offer Us Today, by Anthropologist Dr. Mimi George and H. Meph Wyeth, President of Ka‛imi Na‛auao o Hawai‛i Nei Institute, will discuss how Taumako Islanders in the Solomon Islands nurture, process, and assemble the plants that their culture’s hero, Lata. used to build an early voyaging canoe.
  • Tuesday, November 10th, Alula on the Brink: Saving the Rarest of the Rare, Join NTBG Conservation Biologist Seana Walsh as she discusses her research of the ‛ālula, a plant known only from Kaua‛i and Ni‛ihau that is believed to be extinct in the wild. Seana will talk about her research to help inform conservation efforts for this and other rare Hawaiian plants. She will also discuss how to maintain genetic diversity among cultivated plants by partnering with other botanical gardens and institutions.

Sign Up Now for February Integrated Movement Class

Monday, August 24, 2015

Essay Contest for Students in Grades 10-12

The Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission is sponsoring an essay contest on "How to Inspire Fellow Students to Volunteer."

Three essays from the neighbor islands and three from O‘ahu will be selected and recoginized at the Pro Bono Celebration event at the Hawai‘i Supreme Court Courtroom in Honolulu in October. There will be a $500 award for each award recipient and a travel stipend provided for each awadee and a parent/guardian.

Essays must be 500 words or less, using font size 12. Deadline is Sept. 24, 2015. Interested students should contact Dave Reynolds for details and entry forms at

Kindergartners Learn About Colors

Beginning Tuesday, August 25 kindergartners will be learning about colors. Each day will feature a different color. To make it even more fun, children have been asked to wear the color of the day to school. It's ok if children do not wear their I.S. logo tees on that day, in order conform with the color.

Here is the line-up of colors:

Tuesday, August 25 - Red

Wednesday, August 26 - Blue

Thursday, August 27 - Yellow

Friday, August 28 – Purple

Monday, August 31 – Green

Tuesday, September 1 – Orange

Wednesday, September 2 – Black

Thursday, September 3 – Brown

Friday, September 4 – Pink

Tuesday, September 8 – White

Wednesday, September 9 – Gray

Thursday, September 10 – Tan

New Item in Logo Store

Flexfit Trucker Mesh Hat - $15 each.
Available now in the Logo Store!

Menu Change for Thursday, Aug. 27th

Thursday's lunch will be breaded chicken sandwich with macaroni salad and fresh veggies. This is a change from egg salad sandwich and chicken noodle soup.

Week of August 24th: Mahalo to ♥ ♥ ♥

♥ ♥ ♥  Lovey Calio for treating the Office Staff to another one of her delicious cakes.

♥ ♥ ♥ the following members of the Class of 2015 for supporting the 2015 Senior Giving Challenge: Kira Catlin, Ian Cowden, Allison Culliney, Whitney Hay, James Papa, Ally Pascual and Whitney Summerhays.

♥ ♥ ♥ Rachelle & Jason Asuncion, Catherine Barale, David & Lisa Breen, Jerry & Michelle Jona, Wayne & Sharon Inanod, Lisa & Keoni Kahn Macko, James & Ruth Parker, Fred & Cadice Pascual, Adie Siebring and Philip Steinbacher & Jason Blake for helping us finish the last school year strong with contributions to the 2014-15 Annual Giving Campaign.

♥ ♥ ♥ Joey & Kristina Caminos, John Culliney & Margaret Steinhardt, Daryl & Ryan Edwards, Sean Head, Bernice Hiraoka, Celeste Inanod, Betty Rowe, S&S Business Machines, Kenneth & Teresa Sakai and Becky & Matthew Snowden for kicking off this year's philanthropic giving through donations to the 2015-16 Annual Giving Campaign.

♥ ♥ ♥ Betty Rowe for a gift to the Island School Chorus.

♥ ♥ ♥ Kauai Writers, Inc. for a contribution to Hawaiian Studies.

♥ ♥ ♥ Cynthia & David Eyre for a gift to Nā Pua Keiki.

♥ ♥ ♥ Mary Lou Barela, Edwin Nakaya & Charlyn Nakamine for donations to the Endowment in memory of Christy Mayfield.

♥ ♥ ♥ the Cushnie Family for their donation to the Art Department, which allowed for the purchase of Plexiglas for an upper school painting project.

MS Music Students Begin Ukulele Instruction

Students in the middle school music elective will explore a variety of musical skills and topics. Activities and experiences include expressive singing in unison and in parts; instrumental instruction and performance; and reading, notating, listening and responding to music. Students will be playing chimes, ukulele, and other instruments to create counter melodies or accompany singing. The students also perform as the Island School 'Opio Chorus in public concerts and at other school functions. Students have already begun playing the ukulele as well as learning songs for the winter concert at KCC.

MS Drama Students Make Greek Style Masks

Ms. April's students made masks out of plaster gauze last week, painted them, then wore them as they read scripts from Greek tragedies.

Please Kokua

Did you know? … The speed limit on campus is UNDER 5mph!

Mike Goto, our Business Manager, asks everyone's kokua and, in his words, "Our speed should be the speed at which NO ONE WILL NOTICE your moving vehicle. Taking it a step further, your vehicle SHOULD BE NOTICED for driving safely and slowly while on campus. There should be no reason to be in a rush."

Mahalo for being a safe driver.

Sign Up for Amazon Smile

Anyone planning to order something from Amazon is encouraged to use this webpage - - instead of The Amazon Smile program allows consumers to choose a non-profit organization to sponsor. If you choose Island School, 0.5% of the purchase price of your order will be donated to us. If all of our Island School families do this, the amount we earn could be significant.

Every little bit helps!